Duerksen, George L(ouis)
- George N. Heller
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(b St Joseph, MO, Oct 29, 1934). American music educator. He studied at the University of Kansas (BME 1955, MME 1956, PhD 1967) and at the University of Melbourne in Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship (1956–7). Between 1955 and 1963 he taught music in various Kansas public schools, and from 1965 to 1969 he was on the music faculty at Michigan State University, where he was director of the laboratory for studies in music psychology. In 1969 he returned to the University of Kansas to chair the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy. Since 2004 he has served in various upper administrative positions and as director of the Center for Research in Music Behavior. Duerksen has lectured widely in the USA and abroad on music education, music therapy, and the psychology of music. He has been active in various professional bodies, including the National Association for Music Therapy and the Music Educators National Conference, for which he served as editor of the ...